Healthy Late Night Snacks - 17 Ideas to Beat Cravings I Sleep Advisor (2022)

You made it! It’s 10 pm and the kids are in bed, dishes are done, and you even managed to bake two dozen cupcakes for the school bake sale. Now you’re starving and that bowl of leftover frosting is calling your name! You’ve done well all day – but no matter how many fruits and vegetables you eat, you can’t curb those late-night cravings.

Don’t stress! We’ve all been there.

As a Holistic Nutritionist, one of the most common questions I get is about healthy eating choices at night. Is snacking at night going pack on the pounds? Are there any foods that can help you sleep?

Just like everything else in life – it all comes down to balance. It turns out that eating a nighttime snack may not be as evil as everyone thinks, as long as your midnight snack doesn’t turn into a midnight buffet.

See what science has to say, or if you’re super hungry, go ahead and check out our round up of the 17 best healthy late-night snacks!

Section 1

What Happens to Digestion During Sleep?

Section 2

Midnight Cravings: Why We Get Hungry at Night

Section 3

Snacking Vs. Night Eating Syndrome

Section 4

Pros and Cons of Bedtime Snacks

Section 5

Healthy Foods That Help You Sleep

Section 6

What Not to Eat at Night

Section 7

Healthy Late-Night Snack Recipes

Section 8

Evening Snack Ideas for Hungry Kids

Section 9

Conclusion

01

What Happens to Digestion During Sleep?

You’ve likely heard that your brain has an internal clock known as the circadian rhythm which helps to regulate your sleep-wake cycle. But did you know that almost every organ in your body also has an internal clock that controls its daily activities too? The stomach is the main organ we tend to associate with digestion, but it’s only one of many players when it comes to the digestive process.

Your body needs a constant supply of energy to be able to function, and the main source is glucose. As you go about your day, your body is burning through glucose constantly for nerve impulses, muscle contractions, and to regulate your body temperature. Overnight, your energy expenditure drops, so your digestive system slows to a crawl.

During the day, your mouth produces saliva that contains enzymes to breakdown the food that you eat. At night, the amount of saliva dramatically diminishes and stomach acid secretion significantly drops too. Even the pancreas slows down the production of the hormone insulin responsible for regulating blood sugar.

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The intestines are commonly referred to as “the gut” and measure over 28 feet long. This is the primary place for actual digestion and nutrient absorption, but even your gut operates on a daily clock. Some of the latest research on the trillions of bacteria that make up your microbiome has found that it also operates on a rhythm that impacts immune and metabolic health.

Does this mean that your body halts digestion the moment you fall asleep, leaving that steak you ate for dinner floating around until morning? The answer is yes – and no. While the digestive process does slow down at night, it doesn’t stop completely.

Most of the advice on avoiding eating late at night is because sleeping puts your body in an inactive state, preventing enzymes and stomach acids from converting food into energy. Your body also relies on gravity to help the process of digestion happen smoothly. Some of the telltale signs of an inability to digest foods (aka ‘indigestion’) are bloating, heartburn, and acid reflux.

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Midnight Cravings:
Why We Get Hungry at Night

Chances are you’ve had the midnight munchies at some point in your life. Do you eat salads and apples all day long only to transform into a ravenous creature, consuming an entire pint of rocky road after twilight? Why is it that cravings for sweet and salty snacks seem to skyrocket when the sun goes down?

According to science, your circadian rhythm may be to blame! A study published in the journal Obesity found that the body’s internal clock increases hunger and cravings in the evenings, usually for foods that are higher in salt and starch. While our hunter and gatherer ancestors may have benefitted from one large nightly nosh after a long period of daily fasting, we do not.

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In the study, 12 healthy adults were kept in a dimly lit environment for a 13-day period and had activities like meals and sleep evenly scheduled. Across the board, individuals were least hungry in the morning and most hungry in the evening, an internal mechanism that promotes efficient nutrient storage for times when food is scarce. The problem is, in our present society – food is plentiful, readily available, and calorically dense.

Thanks to artificial light, it is easy to stay up late into the evening and skimp out on sleep. But being awake when our sugar cravings are peaking may lead us to eat some of the very foods we usually avoid, and more of them.

Another reason that your cravings may be worse in the evening hours could be because you skimped out on food all day. If you frequently skip breakfast, eat a handful of nuts at your desk for lunch, and sit down for your first real meal of the day at dinner, your body will be screaming for calories around 9 pm. Fueling your body with small, healthy meals throughout the day may prevent the desire to feast on chips and chocolate before bed.

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Snacking Vs. Night Eating Syndrome

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Have you ever found yourself secretly eating large amounts of food at night, even though you weren’t really hungry to begin with? Did you feel guilty afterward, only to repeat it again the following night? This type of behavior could be a sign of a serious condition that affects more than 1.5% of the population.

Night eating syndrome (NES) is a type of eating disorder that was originally described in 1955 and is now part of the DSM-5 list of feeding and eating disorders. While this condition does occur more commonly in individuals who are obese or overweight, this isn’t always the case. Night eating syndrome is characterized by the following behaviors:

Night Eating Syndrome

  • Delayed circadian pattern of food intake
    • 25% of food eaten after the evening meal
    • Lack of desire to eat in the morning
    • Skipping breakfast 4 or more mornings a week
  • Nocturnal eating
    • Waking in the night to eat 2 or more times a week
    • Memory of evening and overnight eating the next day
    • Belief that eating is necessary to be able to sleep
    • Eating at night despite not being hungry
    • Lack of control over eating behavior
    • Eating large amounts in one sitting
  • Sleep disturbance
    • Delayed sleep onset or frequent waking 4 or more nights a week
    • Insomnia
  • Mood disruption
    • Depression, especially in the evening
    • Anxiety
    • Guilt and shame nocturnal eating [1]

There are multiple factors that may contribute to the development of night eating syndrome, some physical and some emotional. Genetics, problems with the sleep-wake cycle, and abnormal hormone levels are all believed to play a role. Obesity and a history of mental health issues or substance abuse may increase the likelihood of developing NES as well.

Just like most other eating disorders, treatment for night eating syndrome includes a combination of therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy, nutritional support, and strategies aimed at changing beliefs around eating and sleep.

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Pros and Cons of Bedtime Snacks

If having a glass of milk with a warm cookie has been part of your bedtime routine since you learned to talk, it may be hard to fathom making a change. If you sat down with a panel of experts including nutritionists, fitness advisors and sleep doctors, you’d likely hear a variety of opinions on whether or not you should eat before bed. Let’s look at both the pros and cons so you can decide for yourself.

Pros

Better sleep:

Going to bed with some food in your stomach may help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer, according to some research. Certain foods may help to induce sleep and could prevent you from waking up hungry in the night.

Curb cravings:

If you are prone to the midnight munchies, having a small, healthy snack after dinner may help to prevent cravings for sweet and salty foods later on.

Improve body composition:

Some new research suggests that protein before bed may increase muscle mass and resting metabolism in healthy, physically active individuals.

Stay happy:

Similar to dieting, telling yourself you aren’t allowed to eat before bed could lead to a restriction mentality and feelings of deprivation. Not only can this lead to depression and anxiety, but it also contributes to binging and possibly weight gain over time.

Cons

Unhealthy choices:

Blame it on your Paleolithic ancestors, but you are much more likely to choose unhealthy foods that are higher in starch and sugar late at night. For some reason, carrot sticks with hummus is not as appealing as salt and vinegar chips are after sundown.

Vicious cycle:

Our bodies work best if we eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper. Consuming most of your calories in the evening hours means you are more likely to wake up full, skip breakfast, and repeat the same unhealthy eating habits again the next day.

Indigestion and heartburn:

While that large slice of cheese pizza and spicy chicken wings may have tasted amazing going down, they certainly won’t feel that way at 3 am when your esophagus feels like it’s on fire. Eating large amounts of food before laying flat in bed is a recipe for the telltale symptoms of indigestion and heartburn.

Weight gain:

Thanks to those increased cravings late at night, you are more likely to eat more calories than your body needs in the evening hours. Nighttime is also when most people reach for sugar-laden snacks that are calorically dense and could pack on the pounds.

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Healthy Foods That Help You Sleep - What Studies Show

If you decide that having a bedtime snack is right for you, it’s important to know which foods to choose. Keeping the snack healthy and around 150 calories appears to be the wisest choice. Certain foods may even improve your sleep by helping you to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.

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Proteins

Proteins are the group of foods that contain amino acids, necessary for building muscle, hormones, and neurotransmitters in the body. Certain hormones like melatonin and cortisol are involved in our sleep-wake cycle and many neurotransmitters also regulate activities like mood and sleep. Tryptophan is an example of an amino acid that is found in turkey and one that many people associate with that sleepy feeling after Thanksgiving dinner.

Proteins are also digested more slowly than carbohydrates, and unlike carbs, they don’t cause a spike in blood sugar. During the night, this is a good thing because it means that you won’t have that roller-coaster effect of increased blood glucose followed by a dip that could interrupt your sleep.

Combined with exercise, a high-protein snack before bed could also lead to greater muscle gains and a higher metabolism the next day. It may even help you wake up without an alarm in the morning. If you are trying to lose weight or improve your athletic performance, this could be a huge plus.

The International Society of Sports Nutrition has taken the stance that 30–40 g of casein protein prior to sleep can increase metabolism and muscle synthesis throughout the night.

Some of the best before-bed protein choices include:

  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Poultry (turkey and chicken)
  • Tofu and Tempeh
  • Fish and Seafood
  • Beans and Legumes
  • Cheese and Yogurt
  • Eggs
  • Protein Powder.

Fruits and Vegetables

Many fruits are rich in the hormone melatonin, which could help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. While fruit does technically contain sugar, most fruits are also high in fiber which prevents the blood sugar spike we see with many other foods. Fruits are also rich in antioxidants, compounds that may help to combat the oxidative stress that many sleep disorders bring.

If you’re anything like me and practically eat your weight in cherries during their limited season, you’ll be happy to know that this delicious fruit may help you sleep. Cherries (especially tart varieties and their juice) have been found to be rich in sleep-promoting melatonin, potassium, serotonin, and tryptophan. Multiple studies have shown that drinking tart cherry juice before sleep helps to improve symptoms of insomnia.

Kiwis are another fruit that researchers have looked at thanks to its sleep-inducing compounds. Kiwis are rich in magnesium, melatonin, calcium, and a variety of other elements that make them a great bed-time snack. One small study found that eating two kiwi fruits an hour before bed improved the ability to fall asleep, sleep length, and overall quality of rest.

If you need a little crunch before bed, reaching for veggies and some hummus may actually improve the quality of your sleep. A brand new study out of Stanford University looked at dietary patterns in 245 physicians and discovered that a plant-based diet was associated with less fatigue and sleep-related impairments than either a high protein or a high saturated fat and sugar diet.

Yogurt

Yogurt is one of those foods that people tend to love or hate. If you find yourself part of the former group, you may be in luck when it comes to sleep. Yogurt contains tryptophan, a precursor to serotonin and melatonin, but it also is rich in calcium and magnesium. These two minerals contribute to muscle relaxation, stress reduction, and stability of the nervous system.

Another reason yogurt may be such a great bedtime snack is that it contains less lactose than other dairy products and may help to improve digestive health. If heartburn and indigestion keep you up at night, this calcium-rich snack could flame the fire burning in your throat.

Yogurt also contains probiotics, which contribute to a healthy microbiome. Research on the role of gut health in regulating sleep is still in its infancy, but studies have found that the microbiome may play a much larger role in sleep than we previously thought.

If you do choose yogurt as a bedtime snack, be sure to look for unsweetened varieties that contain live probiotics. Sweetened yogurt may contain as much sugar as a candy bar, which could keep you up at night. Unsweetened Greek yogurt that is rich in protein is the best choice, topped with cinnamon, fruit, or nuts (try cherries or kiwi to enhance the sedative effects).

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What Not to Eat at Night

Just like there are a variety of foods that can help you sleep, there are also many foods that should be avoided before bed. Some choices like those containing caffeine may be more obvious, but others like alcohol are not.

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While many people know to avoid chocolate, coffee, and tea in the evening, a nightcap has long been associated with helping people fall asleep. Alcohol may help you fall asleep faster, but it could disrupt your sleep cycle and impact REM sleep. Even just one single drink may be enough to harm sleep, according to the latest research.

Cravings for starchy snacks are highest in the evening hours, but carbohydrates break down into sugar. Not only can sugar cause your blood glucose levels to spike making you feel more alert, but it also sends you crashing later in the night and could disrupt your sleep.

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Likewise, salty foods before bed will make you thirsty. Hydration is a great thing for your body, but not if it means waking multiple times in the night needing to pee. It’s best to limit beverages in the evening hours, taking small sips of water or herbal tea if you feel thirsty.

Certain foods may make you more likely to suffer from heartburn and indigestion. Spicy foods are at the top of the list, but acidic foods like tomatoes, oranges, and vinegar-based items are culprits too (bye-bye salt and vinegar chips).

Similar to spicy foods, eating a big meal before turning in for the night is probably not the best idea. When your stomach is full and you lay down flat, gravity is no longer working on your side. This makes it harder to digest your food and increases the likelihood that you’ll experience that dreaded heartburn and acid reflux.

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Healthy Late-Night Snack Recipes

If you’re looking for some inspiration for late-night snacks, check out these 17 healthy recipes. All of these delicious recipes were chosen because they contain sleep-promoting ingredients that are also easy on the waist-line.

01

Tart Cherry Walnut Trail Mix

This homemade trail mix recipe features multiple sleep-promoting ingredients including dried tart cherries, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, dried coconut, and dried banana chips. The combination of healthy Omega-3 rich fats and melatonin from the banana chips and dried cherries should keep you sleepy and satisfied until the morning.

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Greek Yogurt with Almonds and Honey

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Many people grew up drinking warm milk with honey before bed, but this grown-up version takes it one step further with the addition of slivered almonds. Unsweetened Greek yogurt is topped with just enough honey to satisfy your sweet tooth without sending your blood sugar soaring. The combination of healthy fats, protein, calcium, magnesium, and tryptophan should have you sleeping like a baby.

Cinnamon Chickpea Blondies

If you’ve never heard of a blondie, it is very similar to a brownie but without the chocolate (and caffeine) that could keep you up at night. This version is packed with protein-rich chickpeas, cashew butter, and lots of other tasty ingredients. These blondies are nutritious and delicious – as long as you eat just one!

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Bedtime Green Smoothie

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This bedtime green smoothie is full of nutritious ingredients like spinach, rolled oats, chamomile tea, tart cherry juice, bananas, and almond butter to prevent a rumbling tummy overnight. With fiber, protein, and a silky-smooth finish, this calming smoothie should put those sheep to bed in no time.

05

Spinach and Turkey Pinwheels

You’ve likely experienced the turkey hangover after Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey has tryptophan, an amino acid that has calming properties. This recipe features lots of healthy ingredients and protein to keep you full and to help send you into dreamland.

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Oil-Free Baked Veggie Chips

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If chips are your thing, you’ll love this recipe for oil-free baked veggie chips. Made with real vegetables like beets, zucchini, carrots, sweet potato, and turnips, these homemade chips are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and fiber to keep you full all night long. Unlike their traditional counterparts, these chips are low in calories but still have that satisfying crunch you’re craving.

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Nu-Churn Vegan Pistachio Ice Cream

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You may be shocked to see ice cream on this list, but pistachios are full of magnesium, protein, and vitamin B6, all of which contribute to better sleep. This vegan recipe can be made in a blender, so you don’t need any complicated equipment. It even features avocado and is sweetened with dates, but don’t let those healthy ingredients fool you – this ice cream is loaded with flavor!

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Tart Cherry Bedtime Bites

These delicious bedtime bites are an easy no-bake snack that you can make in minutes. With almond butter, oats, dried cherries, and dark chocolate, these bite-size treats are full of healthy ingredients that promote rest and relaxation while still satisfying your sweet tooth.

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Kale Pesto Pizza

Some nights, nothing but pizza will do at 2 am. Unfortunately, heartburn from the tomato-based pizza sauce could keep you up a lot longer than you planned on. This yummy pizza is topped with kale-based pesto instead, with mozzarella cheese for the ooey-gooey goodness you’re likely craving.

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Smoked Salmon, Avocado, and Cucumber Bites

If savory snacks are more your style, you may love these cucumber bites topped with smoked salmon and avocado. The combination of buttery avocado and salty salmon paired with crunchy cucumber creates an orchestra of textures and flavor in your mouth. Healthy fats and loads of protein make this an excellent pre-bed nosh.

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This beet hummus with tart cherry topping not only looks amazing with its vibrant hue but this tasty treat is also loaded with ingredients that should have you sleepy in no time. Hummus is made from a base of protein-rich chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, and in this recipe – roasted beets. The crunchy topping adds texture and lots of omega-3s for a healthy body and mind.

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Kiwi Kabobs with Sweet Yogurt Dip

Kiwis have calcium, magnesium, and melatonin, which make them a great option for a nighttime snack. The yogurt dip is made with Greek yogurt, which is high in protein and has many sleep-promoting elements too!

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Evening Snack Ideas for Hungry Kids

If you are looking for some bedtime snack ideas for your little ones, we’ve got you covered. These recipes are all full of ingredients that are calming and should help your kids fill the grumblies in their tummies before bed.

01

Peanut Butter Banana Yogurt Popsicles

Most kids love popsicles, but they are often full of artificial ingredients and sugar that could keep them awake long past bedtime. These homemade popsicles feature protein-rich Greek yogurt, bananas, peanut butter, and just a few chocolate chips for fun (optional).

02

Tart Cherry Fruit Leather

If you’ve never made fruit leather before, you may be surprised at how easy it is. This homemade version of fruit-roll-ups is made with just dried tart cherries, cherry juice, and a little honey. Loaded with melatonin, this fruit leather is a great pre-bed snack for children.

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White Night Insomnia Cookies

These white-night cookies feature a number of sleep-promoting ingredients like Greek yogurt, walnuts, flax seeds, dark cherries, and rolled oats. With spices like ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon that are reminiscent of gingerbread, kids will likely gobble up these insomnia cookies and be begging for seconds.

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Bedtime Bears

These delicious homemade gummy bears are made with just 5 ingredients and are full of calming magnesium, melatonin, and amino acids to help calm the nervous system. With no artificial colors or ingredients, these gummy bears are a tasty treat you can feel good about feeding your children.

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Tart Cherry Granola Bar

Your little ones will likely fall in love with these homemade granola bars made with ingredients like oats, almonds, dried cherries, tahini, and chia seeds. With lots of crunch and a drizzle of dark chocolate for added sweetness, this recipe is sure to please.

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Conclusion

If you’re anything like me, having a snack before bed is just part of your routine. Unfortunately, most snacks are full of sugar, salt, and other ingredients that are likely to keep you up way past your bedtime. Even worse, eating calorie-laden snacks before turning in is a sure-fire way to pack on the pounds you’ve been trying to lose.

[1] Night Eating Syndrome, Walden Eating Disorders

[2] Proposed Diagnostic Criteria for Night Eating Syndrome, National Center for Biotechnology Information

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Raina Cordell
Registered Nurse, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, and Certified Health Coach

Raina recently stumbled into a career of writing after working as a nurse and health coach. She feels right at home promoting the many benefits of sleep. In her spare time, she can be found playing at the beach with her 3 kids, reading, or perusing a local natural food store.

FAQs

What is the healthiest thing to snack on at night? ›

Whole, minimally processed foods like berries, kiwis, goji berries, edamame, pistachios, oatmeal, plain yogurt and eggs make easy, tasty and healthy late-night snacks. Many of these foods even contain sleep-supportive compounds, including tryptophan, serotonin, melatonin, magnesium and calcium.

Is cheese and crackers a good late night snack? ›

Cheese and Crackers

Whole-grain crackers and cheese are one of the best late-night snacks. You will get a perfect balance of carbohydrates and proteins to keep you full throughout the night. Cheese is also a source of Tryptophan, which is an amino acid helping in the synthesis of melatonin (the sleep hormone).

What are the 3 foods to quit? ›

"This can lead to weight gain and other detrimental health conditions," Corey warned.
  • Processed Meats. Foods such as bacon, sausages and some deli meats are not only high in calories and sodium, but also in saturated fat as well as some nitrates and nitrites. ...
  • Sugary Coffee Drinks. ...
  • Sugary Cereals.
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What's a good snack to eat before bed? ›

Healthy Bedtime Snacks
  • Banana with Almond Butter. Almonds and bananas are excellent sources of magnesium6. ...
  • Protein Smoothie. For athletes, drinking a protein smoothie before bed may help with muscle repair. ...
  • Oatmeal. ...
  • Fruit. ...
  • Nuts and Seeds. ...
  • Yogurt. ...
  • Sweets and Excessive Carbohydrates. ...
  • Fatty, Spicy, and Acidic Foods.
19 Sept 2022

What's a good protein snack at night? ›

The Best High-Protein Healthy Bedtime Snacks
  • ½ Cup Roasted Chickpeas. ...
  • Cottage Cheese With Berries and Nut Butter. ...
  • ½ Cup of Edamame. ...
  • Scrambled Eggs and Whole-Grain Avocado Toast. ...
  • One Ounce of Cheese or 1/4 Cup of Roasted Nuts.
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What is the healthiest thing to snack on? ›

Tips for Healthy Snacking
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Frozen fruit.
  • Fruits canned in water or their own juice.
  • Whole grain bread, crackers and cereals.
  • Lower fat yogurt.
  • Lower fat cheese.
  • Unsalted nuts and seeds and their butters.
  • Hummus.
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What should I eat before bed when hungry? ›

5 best foods to eat before bed
  • Cherries. Cherries, especially the tart Montmorency variety, are a natural source of melatonin. ...
  • Bananas. Bananas are rich in magnesium and have been found to significantly increase melatonin. ...
  • Walnuts. ...
  • Turkey. ...
  • Milk. ...
  • Citrus fruits. ...
  • Spicy foods. ...
  • Chocolate.

Is peanut butter a good late-night snack? ›

Summary. As part of a balanced diet, a small serving of peanut butter can be a nutritious choice for a nighttime snack. Combining this with a piece of fruit, such as an apple or banana, or vegetables, such as celery, increases the fiber content and nutritional value of the snack.

Should I eat if I'm hungry at night? ›

"If you're hungry at night, you should eat something," says Sarah Pflugradt, M.S., RD, a family nutrition expert. "Eating at night will not slow down your metabolism and if you're smart about snacking, you won't gain weight either.

What should you not eat at night? ›

Five worst foods for sleep
  • Chocolate. High levels of caffeine in chocolate make it a poor choice for late-night snacking. ...
  • Cheese. While cheese is generally considered a comfort food, it is actually one of the worst foods to eat before bed. ...
  • Curry. ...
  • Ice cream. ...
  • Crisps. ...
  • Cherries. ...
  • Raw honey. ...
  • Bananas.

What is the number 1 healthiest food in the world? ›

So, having scoured the full list of applicants, we have crowned kale as the number 1 healthiest food out there. Kale has the widest range of benefits, with the fewest drawbacks when stacked up against its competitors.

What foods can you eat endlessly and not gain weight? ›

Examples include tomatoes, kale, grapefruit, celery, blueberries, broccoli, cantaloupe, cauliflower, and strawberries.
  • They're mostly made up of water.
  • They're low in calories.
  • They contain fiber, which helps make you feel and stay full.
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What 3 foods do cardiologists say to avoid? ›

“Avoid any foods that have the words 'trans,' 'hydrogenated,' or 'partially hydrogenated' on the label [indicating bad fats], often found in commercially fried foods, donuts, cookies and potato chips,” advises Dr. DeVane. “Also, be aware of how many calories are coming from sugar.

What fruit is best before bed? ›

12 fruits and vegetables that help you sleep better at night
  1. Cherries. Cherries (especially sour cherries like the Montmorency variety) are one of the only (and highest) natural food sources of melatonin. ...
  2. Bananas. ...
  3. Pineapples. ...
  4. Oranges. ...
  5. Avocados. ...
  6. Kale. ...
  7. Lettuce. ...
  8. Tomatoes.

Is a banana before bed good? ›

Eating bananas before bed may help you get a good night's sleep. Bananas are rich in magnesium, potassium, tryptophan, vitamin B6, carbs, and fiber, all of which may improve sleep quality via different mechanisms.

What are the 2 vegetables that destroy stomach fat? ›

"A study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that dark green veggies, like broccoli, may help reduce belly fat," says Amidor. Bonus: "The study also found that these veggies may also decrease risk factors for type 2 diabetes." "Beans are the ultimate weight loss food," says Hever.

What foods melt away belly fat? ›

Eight Delicious Foods That Help Fight Belly Fat
  • Belly Fat-Fighting Foods.
  • Avocados.
  • Bananas.
  • Yogurt.
  • Berries.
  • Chocolate Skim Milk.
  • Green Tea.
  • Citrus.
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What drink burns belly fat overnight? ›

Pineapple JuicePineapple juice is believed to be a great remedy for belly fat. An important enzyme called bromelain which is found in the juice of pineapple helps in metabolizing protein and burns away excess stomach fat.

What is the best protein to eat before bed? ›

Protein powders — especially casein — and low-fat dairy products (which are naturally high in casein) are great late-night snack choices. Research shows that consuming casein protein before bed is a better choice than whey and other popular picks, as it's digested and absorbed by the bloodstream at a slower rate.

Which fruit is good at night for weight loss? ›

Consider Citrus, Kiwi, Melon

The vitamin C powerhouses of citrus, kiwi and melon are also low-calorie options for fruits at night for weight loss. According to the USDA, 1 cup of orange sections has about 85 calories and will give you 96 milligrams of vitamin C and a good boost of folate and potassium.

Is apple and peanut butter a good late night snack? ›

A small piece of fruit, like an apple or banana, smothered in peanut or almond butter is a great way to feel full while staying healthy. The potassium and magnesium in the fruit paired with the protein and delicious taste of the nut butter is the perfect recipe for a great night of sleep!

What foods suppress appetite? ›

In a nutshell, experts say, adding more of these foods to your diet can help curb hunger and help you feel fuller on fewer calories:
  • Soups, stews, cooked whole grains, and beans.
  • Fruits and vegetables.
  • Lean meats, fish, poultry, eggs.
  • Whole grains, like popcorn.
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What Vitamin suppresses appetite? ›

B vitamins (especially B1, B2, B3, B5, and B6) have potential for appetite suppression. B vitamins can be found in food sources such as milk products, green/leafy veggies, beans, legumes and seeds. Vitamin C can help increase absorption of iron from the food we eat, and this can help stabilize appetite.

What kills your appetite? ›

13 Science-Based Ways to Reduce Hunger and Appetite
  • Eat enough protein. ...
  • Opt for fiber-rich foods. ...
  • Drink plenty of water. ...
  • Choose solids foods to tame hunger. ...
  • Eat mindfully. ...
  • Eat slowly. ...
  • Learn which dinnerware works for you. ...
  • Exercise regularly.

How can I drop 10 pounds fast? ›

To lose 10 pounds, a person can follow these steps.
  1. Follow a low-calorie diet. Share on Pinterest A low-calorie diet is recommended when trying to lose weight. ...
  2. Avoid junk food. Junk foods are: ...
  3. Add lean protein. Lean protein helps build muscle. ...
  4. Move more. ...
  5. Try high-intensity cardio. ...
  6. Add weights. ...
  7. Eat fewer carbs. ...
  8. Reduce bloating.
13 Apr 2018

What are the 5 foods that burn belly fat? ›

7 Foods that Burn Belly Fat
  • Beans. “Becoming a bean lover can help you lose weight and whittle your middle,” registered dietitian Cynthia Sass told Today. ...
  • Swap your beef for salmon. ...
  • Yogurt. ...
  • Red bell peppers. ...
  • Broccoli. ...
  • Edamame. ...
  • Diluted vinegar.

What food has the highest melatonin? ›

Eggs and fish are higher melatonin-containing food groups in animal foods, whereas in plant foods, nuts are with the highest content of melatonin. Some kinds of mushrooms, cereals and germinated legumes or seeds are also good dietary sources of melatonin.

Should I drink water before bed? ›

In moderate amounts, drinking water in the evening can still be beneficial. Water is an essential nutrient that keeps your body hydrated, joints lubricated, breaks down waste and much more. “It's just a matter of balancing it out and not having large amounts of water right before bedtime,” says Dr. Vensel Rundo.

Is oatmeal OK before bed? ›

Oatmeal is one of the best foods to help get your body ready for bed. It's full of melatonin, the sleep hormone and its complex carbohydrates will help get the boosted tryptophan to the brain.

Is Jello a good late night snack? ›

Here's a new nighttime snack for you: Jello! It's low in calories - only 80 per serving - but it's one of the best sources of glycine. That's an amino acid that helps our body naturally reduce our core temperature. And, as you know, cooling off the body triggers our sleep hormones.

Does eating a spoonful of peanut butter before bed help lose weight? ›

Peanut butter is high in heart-healthy fats and calories, meaning that eating too much before bed may lead to weight gain.

What should I eat at 3am when hungry? ›

Good options for a late-night snack include:
  • whole grain cereal with low‐fat milk.
  • plain Greek yogurt with fruit.
  • a handful of nuts.
  • whole wheat pita with hummus.
  • rice cakes with natural peanut butter.
  • apples with almond butter.
  • a low-sugar protein drink.
  • hard-boiled eggs.
14 Sept 2018

Is it better to go to bed hungry or full? ›

Overall: It's better to be satisfied than hungry before bed

Not only will hunger pangs prevent you from getting a full night's rest—which can lead to weight gain—but a small snack before bed can actually help boost weight-loss efforts.

Which fruits should not be eaten at night? ›

Capsaicin, a compound found in spicy foods, can increase your body temperature and interfere with your sleep. Banana: Intake of banana increases your energy before workouts but avoided at night. Banana is good for your body's immune system and skin health due to the excessive amount of potassium.

What foods wake up your brain? ›

5 Foods That Will Wake You Up for Work
  • Eggs. A breakfast favorite, eggs pack protein which builds strong muscles and boosts brainpower. ...
  • Fruit smoothie. Fruits contain natural sugars in the form of glucose, which boosts energy and short-term memory. ...
  • Honey. ...
  • Greek yogurt. ...
  • Ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, and other spices.
6 Dec 2019

What should I do before bed to lose weight? ›

26 Things to Do Before Sleep to Lose Weight
  • Understand how important sleep is for weight loss.
  • Sip a cup of tea.
  • Load up on tryptophan.
  • Eat cottage cheese.
  • Create a routine.
  • Observe strict kitchen hours.
  • Do some resistance training.
  • Relax.
10 Dec 2020

Should you go to bed hungry? ›

Going to bed hungry can be safe as long as you're eating a well-balanced diet throughout the day. Avoiding late-night snacks or meals can actually help avoid weight gain and an increased BMI. If you're so hungry that you can't go to bed, you can eat foods that are easy to digest and promote sleep.

What is the healthiest thing to snack on? ›

Tips for Healthy Snacking
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Frozen fruit.
  • Fruits canned in water or their own juice.
  • Whole grain bread, crackers and cereals.
  • Lower fat yogurt.
  • Lower fat cheese.
  • Unsalted nuts and seeds and their butters.
  • Hummus.
1 Mar 2021

What's a good protein snack at night? ›

The Best High-Protein Healthy Bedtime Snacks
  • ½ Cup Roasted Chickpeas. ...
  • Cottage Cheese With Berries and Nut Butter. ...
  • ½ Cup of Edamame. ...
  • Scrambled Eggs and Whole-Grain Avocado Toast. ...
  • One Ounce of Cheese or 1/4 Cup of Roasted Nuts.
6 Nov 2019

What should I eat before bed to get rid of belly fat? ›

Best Foods to Eat Before Bed for Weight Loss
  • Whey Protein Shake. First and foremost, protein is important for weight loss - whey protein included! ...
  • A Warm Bowl of Oatmeal. ...
  • Greek Yogurt with Berries or Cherries. ...
  • Half a Turkey Sandwich. ...
  • Egg Wrap. ...
  • Smoked Salmon Bagel. ...
  • Cottage Cheese and Fruit.

What drink burns belly fat overnight? ›

Pineapple JuicePineapple juice is believed to be a great remedy for belly fat. An important enzyme called bromelain which is found in the juice of pineapple helps in metabolizing protein and burns away excess stomach fat.

What are the 5 foods that burn belly fat? ›

7 Foods that Burn Belly Fat
  • Beans. “Becoming a bean lover can help you lose weight and whittle your middle,” registered dietitian Cynthia Sass told Today. ...
  • Swap your beef for salmon. ...
  • Yogurt. ...
  • Red bell peppers. ...
  • Broccoli. ...
  • Edamame. ...
  • Diluted vinegar.

How do I stop hunger without eating? ›

Outside of your diet, you can reduce your hunger by: getting enough sleep. staying properly hydrated. reducing stress.

How long before bed should you stop eating? ›

It's best to stop eating about three hours before going to bed. That allows plenty of time for your body to digest the last food you ate so it won't disrupt your sleep, but leaves a small enough window before sleep that you won't go to bed feeling hungry.

What should I eat if I crave junk food? ›

18 Healthy Foods to Eat When Cravings Strike
  • Fresh Fruit. Fruit is naturally very sweet and a great choice when you get a sugar craving. ...
  • Greek Yogurt. Greek yogurt tastes creamy and indulgent, but it's also really healthy. ...
  • A Hot Drink. ...
  • Snack Bar. ...
  • Dark Chocolate. ...
  • Fruit and Nut Butter. ...
  • Cottage Cheese. ...
  • Banana Ice Cream.
13 Mar 2017

What is the number 1 healthiest food in the world? ›

So, having scoured the full list of applicants, we have crowned kale as the number 1 healthiest food out there. Kale has the widest range of benefits, with the fewest drawbacks when stacked up against its competitors.

How can I drop 10 pounds fast? ›

To lose 10 pounds, a person can follow these steps.
  1. Follow a low-calorie diet. Share on Pinterest A low-calorie diet is recommended when trying to lose weight. ...
  2. Avoid junk food. Junk foods are: ...
  3. Add lean protein. Lean protein helps build muscle. ...
  4. Move more. ...
  5. Try high-intensity cardio. ...
  6. Add weights. ...
  7. Eat fewer carbs. ...
  8. Reduce bloating.
13 Apr 2018

What should you not eat at night? ›

Five worst foods for sleep
  • Chocolate. High levels of caffeine in chocolate make it a poor choice for late-night snacking. ...
  • Cheese. While cheese is generally considered a comfort food, it is actually one of the worst foods to eat before bed. ...
  • Curry. ...
  • Ice cream. ...
  • Crisps. ...
  • Cherries. ...
  • Raw honey. ...
  • Bananas.

What is the best protein to eat before bed? ›

Protein powders — especially casein — and low-fat dairy products (which are naturally high in casein) are great late-night snack choices. Research shows that consuming casein protein before bed is a better choice than whey and other popular picks, as it's digested and absorbed by the bloodstream at a slower rate.

Is peanut butter good before bed? ›

Eating a small amount of peanut butter as part of a healthy snack before bed may help improve sleep quality and prevent overeating and weight gain the following day. Peanut butter is a nutrient-dense, high-calorie food containing vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber.

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